Director of Frick Art & Historical Center to retire

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The longtime director of the Frick Art & Historical Center in Point Breeze, William Bodine, will retire next summer after leading the museum into the first phase of a major expansion.

Mr. Bodine, 65, came to the Frick in 2002 and has lately taken the home and grounds of the Henry Clay Frick family into a $15 million expansion that will include a new orientation center, education center and community center.

He plans to retire in June 2014 when the orientation center opens, giving the Frick's board of trustees several months to search for his replacement.

He then plans to travel and see friends after 40 years in the museum world, which before the Frick included work for the Columbia

Museum of Art in South Carolina, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

"I would like visit museums and not run them," he said today.

Mr. Bodine will also keep overseeing fundraising efforts to support the expansion plans -- about half of the $15 million price tag has so far been collected.

"While we understand but regret Bill's desire to step down, we are deeply grateful for all that he has contributed to the Frick during his long tenure as director," board of trustees chair David A. Brownlee stated. " . . . Throughout his tenure --particularly during the recent economic downturn -- Bill and his staff have managed the Frick, its budget and its financial resources prudently. The Frick, and all of the diverse audiences that the Frick serves, are in his debt."

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